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1. Plants, like humans, are also prone to diseases that affect their growth and fruit bearing capabilities. Diseases in plants are usually caused by fungi growth and bacterial infections
. In the past, chemical sprays, herbicides, pesticides and insecticides were used to kill and control these pests and diseases. Because of recent discoveries that chemical sprays are harmful to the environment and can transfer from plants to humans through ingestion, scientists have turned to genetically enhanced plants that are more resistant to disease and other natural methods of planting such as crop rotation to lessen and eventually stop the use of chemical herbicides.
2. In buying disease resistant plants, first, decide on what type of plants you want in your garden â€“ will it be ornamental plants, flowering plants or vegetables? Then you need to research on the plant that you are going to grow, and what other plant is good to alternate with it for crop rotation. Crop rotation is one way to prevent the growth of fungi and other pathogens that cause the plant’s diseases. You plant one type of crop or plant one season, then plant another type of crop the next season so that the soil and the environment will not be conducive to the growth of a specific type of fungi or bacteria.
3. Also research the typical plant diseases that each crop or plant suffers from, and check out whether there are available disease resistant seeds being sold. For example, tomatoes are prone to a fungal disease called verticillium wilt. There are available tomato seeds that are resistant to this kind of fungus.
4. It is best to research on the plants that are common in your area and the diseases associated with them. Look for seeds in your local nursery
that are disease resistant. Familiarize yourself with the horticulture lingo so you will easily understand the instructions that come with planting the seeds.
5. Disease resistant plants are still vulnerable to other environmental factors such as sunlight, heat, wind, and too much rain or cold. You need to protect the plants from these. There are instances that a plant is resistant to one or two common diseases, but are still prone to other bacterial or fungal infections. It is best to watch out for these and look at the plants closely. There are natural ways to prevent these diseases by planting other kinds of herbs around your plants that are resistant.
6. Fungal infections are usually spread to other plants by insects. If you do not approve of using insecticides, you have the option to use insect repellent plants and position them near or around your garden to drive away the unwanted insects. If your area is windy, you can consider putting up screens to lessen the impact of the wind, like a greenhouse, preventing the fungus to spread.
7. Keep yourself updated about the development of disease resistant plants and keep in touch with your local nursery to check if seeds for these new disease resistant plants are already available.